Summary: A sermon for Columbus Day on Faith, Hope, Love and Persecution.
Sermon for 10/9/2005
A. October 12, Wednesday, is Columbus Day. It is the day that he landed in America. We celebrate it tomorrow so that those who work government or bank jobs can have a long weekend.
B. Many of us know, In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
A. I have always wanted to do a sermon on Columbus. This evening, I am brave (or foolish) enough to do it.
B. There was a lot of observances for Columbus Day in 1992, the 500th year of Columbus landing in America. Really there are few observances for Columbus Day on a regular year except among the Italian population.
C. Around 1892, the 400th year of Columbus landing in America, a monument to the memory of Columbus, was erected in his native city of Genoa, Italy, in the centre of one of its public squares, where it is surrounded by flowers and shrubbery. It is composed of marble, and is about forty feet in height. On four panels between four pedestals on the bottom of this monument, in sculpture, are four great events in Columbus’s life.
D. We will talk about these four great events this morning from the life of Columbus and these four symbolize four things in the life of every Christian.
Thesis: This evening let us talk about faith, hope, love and persecution.
A. Christopher Columbus was born in 1451. He was born in the city of Genoa, Italy, where his father was a wool weaver. Today, Genoa is Italy’s largest port and it was a large port in Columbus’s day too.
B. The sea life fascinated Columbus. He didn’t follow his father’s footsteps but went out to sea at the age of 13.
C. When he was 25, Columbus set out for Holland and Britain on a trading mission. Once they had sailed through the straits of Gibraltar, Columbus saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. Then tragedy struck. The fleet was attacked by pirates. All of the ships sank including the pirates in the battle that followed. Many men were killed or drowned but Columbus survived. Hanging on to an oar, he managed to swim to the coast of Portugal, six miles away.
D. Columbus was to stay in Portugal for 8 years. His brother Bartholomew joined him there. Together they set up a chart-making business in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon. While Columbus was there, he married Felipa Perestrello. She came from a noble family that had fallen on hard times. After 5 years of marriage, Felipa died. Even though they were poor, Felipa and her family were friends with many noble families. This would be important in the future because it gave Christopher a chance to talk about his great idea with people who could bring it to pass.
E. While in Portugal, Columbus came up with the idea of sailing directly across the Atlantic Ocean to the Indies (meaning China, Japan and India). IF the world was round, as the experts said, then one must be able to travel around it and come back home again. In the Middle Ages all sorts of luxury goods came by camel overland from the Far East. The journey was very long and hazardous so countries in Europe were looking for an easier route.